St. Anger [Clean] [Bonus DVD] [Clean Lyrics]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Metallica's first new material in over five years arrives after a flurry of non-musical activity that included a much-publicized spat over Internet file sharing, the departure of bassist Jason Newsted, and a lengthy stay in rehab for James Hetfield that suspended the recording of a new album indefinitely. Hetfield returned to the fold in late 2001. Still without a bass player, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and their newly sober frontman recruited longtime producer Bob Rock to man Newsted's spot, and creation of the album commenced in May 2002. St. Anger arrived a year later as a punishing, unflinching document of internal struggle -- taking listeners inside the bruised yet ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Metallica's first new material in over five years arrives after a flurry of non-musical activity that included a much-publicized spat over Internet file sharing, the departure of bassist Jason Newsted, and a lengthy stay in rehab for James Hetfield that suspended the recording of a new album indefinitely. Hetfield returned to the fold in late 2001. Still without a bass player, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and their newly sober frontman recruited longtime producer Bob Rock to man Newsted's spot, and creation of the album commenced in May 2002. St. Anger arrived a year later as a punishing, unflinching document of internal struggle -- taking listeners inside the bruised yet vital body of Metallica, but ultimately revealing the alternately torturous and defiant demons that wrestle inside Hetfield's brain. St. Anger is an immediate record. Written largely in the first person, it never warns of impending doom, doesn't struggle with claustrophobia, and has care neither for religion's safety nor its hypocrisy. The religious symbolism of its title and artwork seems only to function as a metaphorical device. Lacking the heavy metal baggage of these past themes, Metallica is left to ponder only itself and its singer's psychosis, and delivers its diagnosis on slabs of speed metal informed with years of innovation and texture. The record exists as it ends. As the lockstep thrash of the eight-plus minute "All Within My Hands" tumbles toward its final gasp, Hetfield is explicit in his aims. "I will only let you breathe my air that you receive," he seethes. "Then we'll see if I let you love me." Ulrich's drums sputter in fits and starts, but the guitars are already dying, shutting down as Hetfield stabs at the microphone. "Kill Kill Kill Kill Kill," he screams, and you have to check the wall for a splatter radius. It's a brutal, ugly end to an album that switches on like a bare light bulb in an underground cave. It blasts each corner with harsh, unfiltered light for 75 minutes, until the bulb is shattered with a combat boot, leaving disquieting after-images exploding on the backs of your eyelids. "Frantic" is driven forth by a snare drum that just may be made of iron, Hammett and Hetfield's guitars eschewing separate parts in favor of a roaring tag-team approach. A hint of the band's mid-'90s nod to alternative drifts in during a bridge, but it's quickly swallowed alive by the song's muscular groove, never to be heard from again. "St. Anger," the single, marks the first appearance of a vocal technique that lurks in the shadows throughout the album. As Hetfield groans, "I feel my world shake/It's hard to see clear," he seems manipulated by an unseen force, flickering like bad reception. It's unsettling, and startlingly effective. Hetfield's psyche is on trial throughout, and though he often expresses confusion and anger over his struggle "Some Kind of Monster" and especially "Dirty Window," in which he becomes both judge and jury, the mechanistic rhythms of the band seem to give him strength. "Shoot Me Again" -- another seven-minute epic -- becomes Hetfield's sneering answer to himself. It lurches into gear, juxtaposing a deceptively soothing verse with a dirty guitar line that explodes in the song's titular money shot. The resonating cymbal cracks during its stops and starts are particularly satisfying, as you can imagine the members of Metallica facing each other in a circle, jamming the song's jagged melody down the throat of a solitary microphone. The image comes to life in St. Anger's bonus DVD edition, which captures Hetfield, Hammett, Ulrich, and new bassist Robert Trujillo in their headquarters compound, shredding through each song on the album in its entirety. St. Anger isn't a comeback, and it's not a throwback. The album is exactly what Metallica needed to make at this point in its career, after clawing its way to the top of the metal scrap heap, reeducating a generation of bands, and popularizing its genre beyond anyone's expectations. St. Anger looks inward with a hard eye, and while it finds some grinning demons in that pit, it also unearths some of the sickest grooves of Metallica's 20-plus year lifespan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2003
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • UPC: 075596287920
  • Catalog Number: 62879

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Frantic (5:50)
  2. 2 St. Anger (7:21)
  3. 3 Some Kind of Monster (8:26)
  4. 4 Dirty Window (5:25)
  5. 5 Invisible Kid (8:30)
  6. 6 My World (5:45)
  7. 7 Shoot Me Again (7:10)
  8. 8 Sweet Amber (5:27)
  9. 9 The Unnamed Feeling (7:10)
  10. 10 Purify (5:14)
  11. 11 All Within My Hands (8:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Frantic
  2. 2 St. Anger
  3. 3 Some Kind of Monster
  4. 4 Dirty Window
  5. 5 Invisible Kid
  6. 6 My World
  7. 7 Shoot Me Again
  8. 8 Sweet Amber
  9. 9 The Unnamed Feeling
  10. 10 Purify
  11. 11 All Within My Hands
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Metallica Primary Artist
Kirk Hammett Group Member
James Hetfield Group Member
Lars Ulrich Group Member
Robert Trujillo Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bob Rock Producer, Engineer
Pushead Cover Illustration
Matt Mahurin Illustrations
Vlado Meller Mastering
Pascal Brun Illustrations
Brad Klausen Production Design
Comenius Röthlisberger Illustrations
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  • Posted October 18, 2010

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    lametallica returns with angry emo riffs emo growls emo hate with famous emo producer bob rock

    metallica has been one angry emo band since the release 1991s black produced by famous emo producer bob rock the follow up to st anger was produced by another famous emo producer named rick rubin this band broke up years ago the band members have lifes but no longer make any good music metallica is now officially the backstreet boys of heavy metal rest in peace metallica 1981-1991

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I have been a hardcore Metallica fan since the ReLoad came out, but I have listened to every CD this band has made. I play guitar myself, and Metallica is probably my number 1 reference point. If I am in a thrash mood, Master of Puppets and And Justice For All are my favorites, but for the most recent stuff, St. Anger is the winner. The song St. Anger itself makes the whole album for me. The rest of the songs are awesome as well, but St. Anger is a song I could never get tired of listening to. I also love the fact that you can listen to St. Anger, and then Kill Em' All, and not even recognize that it is the same band. I can't wait for their next album!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beside some changes it's real Metallica

    To all detractors of this album I say: What did you expect from Metallica, did you suppose they would definitely sotfen out? I have long waited for stuff like this, and I would have given the album five stars if they had included some guitar solos. They are back to their roots, and I wish the band long life and an always surprising production. The bonus DVD is a real concert on your screen, it's one of the best features of this title. I highly recomend it to hard rock lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    this cd was asweme i mean it was great 22 tracks ofevery song was good Kirk Hammett, and all the other guys were great awseme METALICA RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Metallica Treads New Ground - Nothing Short of Amazing

    Nothing pisses me off more than when those that claim they are hardcore MetallicA fans suddenly drop the band the minute they do something different and unexpected, and act as if this band never gave us (the fans) anything less than perfect in the metal musical realm. These guys have done more for the fans than any band I have ever read about, heard of, or listened to. I think other bands should be measured by what MetallicA has done, is doing, and will be doing for many more years to come. Everything thing these amazing musicians do is measured primarily by their first 3 albums (Kill 'Em All, Ride The Lightning, and Master of Puppets, respectively). Those famous riffs and solos set the standard for metal in the 80's and are still regarded as the classics to the hardcore fans. I'll admit, those are still my favorite albums, including ...And Justice For All; however, I don't judge MetallicA's new material everytime by the first 3 or 4 albums. I take it all in as new musical dimensions created by the same guys that can still tear the walls down on any venue and rock you in your face. I'll admit the "Load/Re-Load" era was a big change for the guys and fans, but it was still very good music, lyrically, melodically and emotionally. These guys know how to write music. If you were writing music and playing as long as these guys (22 years), I can guarantee you would want to change for personal growth as well, which is what MetallicA has always done, and will continue to do. Is MetallicA supposed to write the same set of songs every album? If they did that, then we wouldn't have all this amazing material to listen to over 8 studio albums. I'd be willing to bet fans would have dropped them by the 6th or 7th album if they continued with similar style songs, because they would start to seem monotonous, just different riffs and lyrics. Get over it!! Think about it!! MetallicA has changed their style with every record from day 1. KEA to RTL was a huge change, and they added a ballad. RTL to MOP was completely different. AJFA to "Black Album" was a huge change. Yes this new album is completely different than past albums, but "St. Anger" is completely ground-breaking, earth shattering metal, and guaranteed to change the sound of heavier music for the new millenium and for MetallicA's third decade. You have to understand that the earlier records by which MetallicA is measured, contained layers of overdubbed guitar parts, giving them that early Metallica heaviness/crunch. Do you think they would have been as successful or mtvICON's now if they never changed their style? How many bands have lasted 22 years and sold multi-platinum albums with the same sound/style every album? Not many, if any at all. These guys are musician's, so give them the full credit they deserve. They have been through a lot, and they have not stopped short of giving their talents, so credit them where credit is due. ST. ANGER DESERVES THE CREDIT. I'll admit I was a bit depressed the first night I brought St. Anger home and listened to it. I wanted to hear some amazing new Kirk solos, and there are no solos on the album, and lyrically and vocally James was a little different; however, in the context of the whole album, and the reasoning behind the lyrics and what MetallicA has been through in the past few years, this album doesn't need a solo. The more I listen to it, I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THIS ALBUM, and the less I notice there are no solos. Every song is unique (as expected), and there are some very heavy/raw meanings in the lyrics and the riffs. THIS ALBUM IS ONE OF MY NEW FAVORITES, and I have been listening to these guys since Ride The Lightning (1985). Give this album a chance, and don't listen to it once or twice and give up on it, because it wasn't what you expected. When you are listening to MetallicA, you are always in for a surprise, and THIS TIME YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. I have listed to it probably 10-15 t

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